PTE General - Level 1: Elementary 

Who is this test for?

This test is for test takers with a basic command of English to cope with language needs for social, travel and everyday purposes.

Test takers will be expected to understand straightforward information and to express themselves in speech and in writing.

How is this test structured?

The test has a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper is divided into nine tasks which are linked to a theme. At Level 1 Elementary the theme tends to relate to familiar and routine matters, such as home and shopping.

For the Level 1 guide, practice tests and tutorial click here.

Please note that PTE General is not accepted by the UKBA for spouse/partner/family visa purposes.

Written test (1 hour 35 minutes)

Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option graphical multiple choice
2 Listening and Writing dictation
3 Listening test, note completion
4 Reading 3-option gap fill multiple choice
5 Reading 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended question
7 Reading text, note completion
8 Writing write correspondence (50-70 words)
9 Writing write text (80-100 words)

Spoken test (5 minutes)

The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 3 sections to the test.
  1. sustained monologue
  2. describe picture
  3. role play